Publication Date: May 29th, 2012
Reviewer: Amber R.
Vampires live only for lust and pleasure in the eternal twilight of Vamp City. But the city's magic is dying. The only person who can restore it? A beautiful woman from the mortal world...one who knows nothing of the power she wields.
Quinn Lennox is searching for a missing friend when she stumbles into a dark otherworld that only she can see—and finds herself at the mercy of Arturo Mazza, a dangerously handsome vampire whose wicked kiss will save her, enslave her, bewitch her, and betray her. What Arturo can't do is forget about her—any more than Quinn can control her own feelings for him. Neither one can let desire get in the way of their mission—his to save his people, hers to save herself. But there is no escape from desire in a city built for seduction, where passion flows hot and blood-red.
I really think that this book could have been a 4 or 5 star rating with just a couple tweaks. Quinn has always been a little weird. Her weirdness seems to be escalating. Her clothes randomly change colors throughout the day. It's just small, odd things. But they aren't things that should happen to normal people. Not too mention she keeps having visions of a 1800's version of D.C., the city where she lives. It's like a weird overlay of her street. When one of her friends goes missing, Quinn and her brother end up in this alternate universe that vampires rule. They were looking for the friend. Where humans are food and not much else, vampires rule the roost, and only their needs matter. Luckily for Quinn she gets set up with Arturo who is a vampire through and through but he's not as bad as some of the others. Basically it ends up that this place was created by a sorcerer for vampires to live out in the open. They used to be able to go between the real world and this place but the magic is failing and now they aren't able to get out anymore. And they need a sorcerer to fix the magic. Quinn ends up being that person but she doesn't know how to use her magic and craziness ensues.
The story was good. It was new and something that I hadn't really ever read before. So I really liked that part of it. I liked that the vampires weren't very nice and they weren't trying to fight against their natural instincts. It's kind of refreshing that they aren't extremely civilized. I liked that Quinn and Arturo didn't immediately fall into bed even though they were both super attracted to each other. But she was terrified of him even if he wasn't as bad as the other vamps so I don't really get why she was terrified of him if she wanted to bone him. I didn't like that Quinn and her brother Zack went to this place to find the missing friend and they didn't even find her.
There were a few good points to the book but overall it didn't just click fully for me. I'm going to read the next one in the series because there was a lot of stuff left open. I want to know what happens and it wasn't so bad that I really disliked it but it just wasn't that great. I left it kind of underwhelmed.